WELL Standard V2

WELL is an investment in the world's most valuable asset - people

The WELL Building Standard Version 2 (WELL v2™)

WELL v2™ applies the science of how physical and social environments affect human health, well-being and performance.

The WELL Building Standard™ version 2 (WELL v2™) is a vehicle for buildings and organizations to deliver more thoughtful and intentional spaces that enhance human health and well-being. WELL v2 includes a set of strategies—backed by the latest scientific research—that aim to advance human health through design interventions and operational protocols and policies and foster a culture of health and well-being. Built upon the pioneering foundation of the first version of the WELL Building Standard (WELL v1), WELL v2 draws expertise from a diverse community of WELL users, practitioners, public health professionals and building scientists around the world.

Exposure to light is a prerequisite for human health.  As well as helping us to see clearly, it also plays a vital role in reinforcing our circadian rhythms.  Our biological clock programmes us to be more active and alert during daylight hours.

Our bodies become accustomed to the regular pattern of light and darkness, though day and night time.  Even the slightest change in this pattern, caused by inappropriate artificial lighting  can have a substantial impact on our health, mood, and overall well-being.

Research cited by WELL suggests that disruption or desynchronization caused by

irregular or extreme lighting is linked to a range of health problems, including diabetes, depression, sleep and metabolic disorders.

Optimal light conditions can help people feel happier, healthier and be more productive. There is a wealth of evidence to suggest that brighter offices can improve the performance and wellbeing of staff.

Research like this has led to the development of the WELL Light concept.  WELL has been designed to promote good exposure to light.

LIGHT is comprised of eight distinct features that explore the impact of light in the built environment:


Feature Key Variable
L01 Light Exposure and Education (pre-condition) Daylight
L02 Visual Lighting Design (pre-condition) Illuminance design
L03 Circadian Lighting Design (optimization) Luminaires with spectrum optimized for EML
L04 Glare Control (optimization) Luminaires with good glare control
L05 Enhanced Daylight Access (optimization) Daylight
L06 Visual Balance (optimization) Surface luminance design
L07 Electric Light Quality (optimization) Luminaire color quality and flicker
L08 Occupant control of Lighting Environment (optimization) Personal control and task lighting

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